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Fun Day With My Ladies

24 Aug

I had the best day today! I got to spend the whole day with my girlfriends at the spa. It was my friend’s bachelorette party celebration, and it was a blast!! We laid out by the pools, took mud baths in red clay, got pedicures, and sipped champagne. It was exactly what I’ve been needing for awhile! Girl time. It’s hard for me to make time for myself to hang out with my girlfriends. Life seems to be so busy for everyone all the time, and it just doesn’t happen often enough. This made today that much more special though.
I’m so glad to have spent the beautiful day with my ladies and can’t wait to do it again!
If you’re in Southern Cali, you should definitely check out the spa we went to. It’s called Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. I can’t wait to go back!

New Job, New Hair, New Clothes!

4 Aug

In honor of starting my new job, I got myself a new hair do. I chopped off about 6 inches and got some low lights. I also bought myself some new clothes. I am kind of excited to have an excuse to care about how I look. I was at my previous job for 6 years and ended up in a rut with caring about my looks. Everyone would show up in jeans and a t-shirt, and you were the weird one if you got dressed up at all. Honestly, I didn’t really mind it; I enjoy being comfortable, but it’s time for a change, and I’m fully embracing it. A new job, a new do, and a new wardrobe. I’m excited!

Here’s a before and after of my hair. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve already seen it, and if you don’t follow me there, then you should! 😉

old hair

new hair

I have been doing a little shopping throughout the last week or so to build up my wardrobe. Like I said, I am used to rolling out of bed and throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, so I had zero nice work clothes. I bought a pair of black, grey and khaki dress pants and a few new tops. I shopped at the Outlet Mall and found some good deals at Anne Taylor and Banana Republic. I found my dress pants at Costco of all places. You never know what you’ll find there! They are Calvin Klein too. Score! Here are some of the tops I found…

New Blouses

Anne Taylor tank

Polka Dot Tank from Anne Taylor

Banana Republic Tee

Blue Tee from Banana Republic. It’s so soft, and I love the color!

Banana Republic animal print

Animal Print top from Banana Republic

I also bought a black cardigan from Banana Republic to wear over the tanks.

I’m so happy to have some new outfits that I feel confident wearing. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt this good, and I’m getting really excited (and nervous) to start my new job on Tuesday. Wish me luck!

Where do you like to shop for dress clothes? How often do you treat yourself to new outfits? I think I need to do this more often!


Show Your State Pride!

17 Jul

Hey friends! I recently ordered this awesome shirt from Handmade Escapade, and I wanted to show it off.

Katy is the owner of the company, and she launched the Fifty Nifty line a couple of months ago. She designed a shirt for each of the 50 states, and there are a TON of colors to choose from! It was a tough decision for me to pick between this one and the Texas one (I’m originally from TX if you didn’t know). I’m starting to think I need both; although, my hubby would probably beg to differ. He thinks I have too many clothes. I say there’s no such thing! Am I right?
Take a look at the Fifty Nifty line here! If you’d like to show off some state pride and make a purchase, you can save 20% through July 20th with code EATNAPPLAY. When you get your shirt, take a pic and post it on Instagram so we can see it! Tag me (@eatnapplay) and Katy (@mckinleykaty). We can’t wait to see your state pride!


Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream Review

9 Jul

I am loving my new Olay Fresh Effects BB cream. It’s perfect for summer because it is light and breathable. I don’t wear make-up often, but when I do, I want something that looks and feels natural. This stuff fits the bill. I am using the light-to-medium color option, and it evens out my skin tone nicely. There is also a fair-to-light option.

Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

My favorite thing about this BB cream is the smell. I can’t stand the smell of sunscreen on my face, but this doesn’t smell like it at all. It smells clean and fresh. The only thing I don’t really like about it is that it makes my forehead kind of shiny. I have combination skin, so I think it may be giving me a little too much moisture in some of my already oily areas. It definitely delivers on the moisture though which is not a bad thing. I’d rather my skin be getting too much of it than not enough.

This product will run you anywhere from $11-$15. Walmart or Target sell it for the lower end price. Since I don’t wear make-up everyday, it’s kind of hard for me to judge whether the price is worth it or not. I’d guess that it would probably last a good month or so if you were to use it daily, so it’s probably a decent price point.

To sum it up, here are the pros and the cons:


lightweight coverage
UV protection-SPF 15
smells great


not great for oily skin

contains parabens

Have you tried this product? What do you think about it?

I was given this item by Influenster for review.


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Nyx Makeup Review from Sarah at The Four on Board

27 May
Hi all!! My name is Sarah and I am from The Four on BoardHere is a recent picture of my husband and I this past month when I received my Masters degree. 

And here is a recent picture of my family. 

If you venture on over to my blog you won’t find much….YET! I just started to blog, well I take that back, I started a new blog. I had done the family blog thing from 2007-2012 and I was getting kind of bored with it and felt like the only readers I had were my mom and mother-in-law. So, with the help of my attendance at Elevate in 2012, and this past year in 2013 (where I met Natalee) I decided to change my direction. I am hoping for one similar to Natalee’s, where I can talk about family, recipes (they will never be original), crafts (solely Pinterest inspired), mom stuff, and maybe throw in some projects from my classroom. I am a kindergarten teacher and my hubby stays home with my two kids, ages 3 and 5. It has been so much fun to have the reverse of what a lot of people think is “normal”. In fact, when I found out Natalee had the same situation I was floored, and so happy! If anything, we can both relate with having a house that isn’t perfect but our kids are having the times of their lives! Dads bring such a HUGE amount of excitement into the family!
Anyhow, enough about me, today I am so lucky to get to guest post for Natalee while she is out having a blast with the fam, and I decided to clue you all in on a hidden treasure I have found recently. (hidden to me that is!)
Have any of you out there tried Nyx Cosmetics???? Seriously affordable, amazing, make-up. I have to be honest and tell you I am not really a make-up girl, so I don’t like to invest in the expensive kind. I am all for the girls that do, and MY are they beautiful! But, honestly, my kinders could really care less if I have make up on or not, and so could I! Working for 5 year olds does have its perks.
One time while heading into Ulta to get my ever so trusted Bare Minerals powder (which I still use), I walked past two girls and overheard them gushing about Nyx make up. I waited for them to leave the aisle, and found myself on my hands and knees looking at all the products and taking quite a handful up to the counter. Ulta also happened to be having a 40% sale on Nyx cosmetics and because it was so inexpensive, I decided to try it out.
Here are some of my favorites…
Their eye shadow primer  I previously used Clinique’s touch base but this does the same job and is way cheaper.
Roll on shimmer There is such a wide variety of colors! This stuff can be used on eyes, face, or body. My favorite color is nude because it blends well with any shadows.
And here are a few items that I want to try. I will probably wait until it goes on a rockin’ sale again.
Butter gloss I am enticed by the fact that they say it isn’t sticky, and the reviews are awesome! 
Shine Killer Just the name entices me! For the price, it is totally worth trying! 
So next time you run out of mascara, eye liner, shadow, etc. swing by Ulta and try one of their products! 
Thanks for having me Natalee! 
P.S. I always see people with disclaimers saying they were compensated for their posts, and I just want to say that I ONLY WISH Ulta or Nyx would compensate me!!! hehe. Maybe this is my chance?!?! 

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Happy Happenings

25 May

I haven’t been posting my Happy Happenings posts weekly like I wanted to because I’ve been so busy lately, but I still do have a lot to be happy about. So, it’s time to take a minute out of my busy day and reflect on a few of those things.

Last weekend we had some family pictures taken of us. This is one of my favorites. 🙂

family pic

Tomorrow we are heading out for a mini vacay to Palm Springs. I am happy about that because it will be our first road trip with Little Mr., and it will be a fun getaway with lots of pool time. He loves the water! Wish us luck for the drive though because being cooped up in the car isn’t his favorite thing. I’m hoping for the best though.

Today I got my hair done and picked out a couple of outfits for my trip to Vegas. If you don’t already know, I’m headed to Vegas in a couple of weeks to speak at a conference for my job. I’m getting excited (and nervous of course)!

new hair do

business outfit from Macy's

I’ll be wearing this blue dress for my presentation. It’s classy and comfy which I love!

business outfit from Macy'sThis is the outfit I will wear on the other day of the conference. It’s comfy too actually. I love when comfort and cute can come together in one outfit. You just can’t beat it!

I’m also happy to announce that my friend Sarah from The Four on Board will be stopping by on Monday to do a super fun guest post. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

Well, I’m off to bed now. We’ve got a long day ahead of us tomorrow. I hope everyone has a happy Memorial day weekend! Until next time…


Ivory 2-in-1 Product Review

29 Apr

I recently received the Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash from Influenster for a product review. My hubby, son and I have all used it. I wonder if I could use it on the dog too??

This product is pretty cool because it’s an all in one body wash and shampoo. It even conditions as well, so you can potentially cut down on the products you buy and keep in your shower. My husband really likes the convenience of being able to just use one product. When I used it, I still felt the need to put a little bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair because they are so dry. But, it definitely worked well as a shampoo and a body wash. It also worked great for my son during bath time.

I also really love the scent of this stuff! It smells really fresh and clean with a tropical hint mixed in. It’s quite pleasant. 🙂

Ivory 2-in-1

This is a bargain product at around $4 for a 24 oz. bottle. This will save us a nice amount of money on our shower products. I think we’re set for the next month or so with just this one bottle. Woo hoo! Now it’s time for me to get in the bathroom and get rid of some of our excess shower products. Downsizing isn’t always a bad thing!


I’ve also got to find that stinky mutt; she could really use a bath! 😉


Let me know if you’ve tried Ivory’s 2-in-1 hair and body wash and what you thought about it. Or, let me know if you have any questions about it.


Last Chance to Win a Lovely Necklace from Sassy Lemonade

13 Apr

There’s less than two days left to enter this amazing giveaway from Sassy Lemonade! Have you entered yet? Two winners will be chosen. The first winner will receive the Raindrops in Spring Teal Bow Necklace, and the second winner will get the Sparrow Flying into Her Birdcage Necklace. Good luck!

Sassy Lemonade umbrella necklace

Sparrow Birdcage Necklace
Follow this link to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end at midnight (EST) on 4/15/13.


New Beauty Products

10 Mar

I bought a few new beauty products last night, and I am really loving them! I bought a new nail polish by Essie called “Ladylike”. It is a nice creamy neutral pink. It went on smooth and had great coverage with just two coats. I’m loving it for spring! I think it will be a great fall color as well.

Essie polish-ladylike

This was the first time I tried an Essie polish. I have to say that I’m really liking it, and it was well worth the money.

I also bought a new lip color. It intrigued me when I say it in the store because it looks like a big crayon. I wasn’t too sure about how it would feel on my lips; I thought it may be a bit dry, but decided it was worth a shot at $5.

Sally Hansen colorfast

It is Sally Hansen brand, and the color is called “Get Mauve’n”.

It is not dry at all like I was afraid of. It is very moisturizing and fun to put on. It is not sticky at all which I really don’t like. And, the color is a perfect neutral. I would definitely recommend this for an everyday lip color at a very decent price. I think I’ll be buying more colors soon!


Crazy for Coconuts!

3 Mar

If you haven’t heard, coconuts seem to be the newest health obsession, and for many reasons. This fruit and it’s products provide multiple health benefits. I have recently been turned on to coconut oil. Unfortunately, it is pretty pricey. The good thing is that it will last a pretty long time and has multiple uses which make it well worth the money. I have only tried it for a few things so far, but will definitely be experimenting with more of the claimed uses soon. (I have to test these types of things out first.) I have used it for a lip moisturizer, and it feels awesome and smells great too! I have also tried it as an eye make-up remover and a facial moisturizer. I would recommend only using it as a night-time moisturizer though, as it is pretty greasy. It soaks into the skin nicely though. I also want to try it on my cuticles and heels as well as for cooking (stay tuned…). This is the kind of coconut oil I have. I bought it from Sprouts. Be sure to purchase the virgin, non-refined coconut oil for maximum health benefits.


 I also recently found a recipe on Pinterest for coconut water. Check it out here! 🙂

Have you experienced any of the awesome benefits of coconut oil? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below to share.

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